If you do not have a clue where to find suppliers, you can try to consult dropshipping directories.
A dropshipping directory is a database of wholesalers. It is composed as a catalog where wholesale suppliers are grouped by market, category or niche.
The structure of directory allows to search by product name or type, by its distributor or manufacturer.
What information can you find in dropshipping directories?
Dropshipping directories are really a valuable source of information. Here you can get:
- list of wholesalers;
- contact details;
- product names;
- financial position;
- sales value;
- materials and components, etc.
To ensure that the suppliers are legitimate, most directories have special verification. So, they can guarantee that the wholesalers listed in their databases are genuine.
Usually directories provide paid access to the catalogs. To get the access, you must charge a fee every month or year. Sometimes you pay only once and get unlimited access. Payments may vary from $60 to $299. There are also some directories with free access, but they are rare.
Most reputable and popular dropship directories
- Worldwide Brands
- Wholesale Central
- A Better Lemonade Stand
- Drop Ship Access
- The Watchman Advisors
- Free Drop Shipping List
- Top Ten Wholesale
- Is it worth using directories?
You can get the following benefits
If the directory is large, well-known and reputable, it can be a good protection against cheaters. So, it is a kind of insurance that guarantees legitimate and high-quality wholesalers presented in their database.
Large directories have information about hundreds and even thousands of suppliers. You can find millions of various products here.
Source of inspiration
Dropshipping directories are good tool for brainstorming. If you haven’t selected your niche yet, they are great to find plenty of ideas for various niches and products.
As a rule, the information in the directories is so well-structured that you can quickly and easily find whatever you need. Directories really simplify the task of looking up lots of suppliers at once.
But you should be ready to some pitfalls:
Many suppliers mentioned in the directories are retailers selling to the public at “wholesale” prices, but in practice their pricing is far from real wholesale.
Smaller directories update data not so often, this is why they may provide outdated information.
If you have already selected a niche, launched your store and found suppliers, what’s the use of unlimited access to the database? Maybe you’d better spend your money on something more useful?
Unfortunately, there are few wholesalers that are ready to start working with a small online store. So, if you are a newcomer in dropshipping and who don’t plan a large number of orders at the start, you may face difficulties in finding a supplier.
Lack of reliability
Some minor directories don’t have a proper verification procedure. In such case you risk to meet a tricky partner.
As far as you can see, sometimes it may be useful to consult a dropshipping directory. But nowadays there are many other ways to find a reputable supplier – free, quick and easy.